Logic and Religion

by Melinda Penner

logic and religionI saw this poster on a Facebook friend’s profile on Sunday and thought it was a very clever variation on the “Coexist” bumper sticker. So I reposted it on STR’s Facebook page, and immediately people “liked” it and reposted it.  Soon after, people commented under the post that they were getting a vehement reaction to their reposting that it was hateful, dogmatic, unkind.  I was actually stunned that people saw it as controversial because, after all, it’s simply a point of logic.

I guess it shows how deeply ingrained the modern notion of religious pluralism is – all religions are equally value and “true” (as in “true for you” relativism).  As one of my Facebook friends humorously commented, I didn’t realize the law of non-contradiction was a controversial Christian doctrine.

Look, logic is a universal, basic feature of the way people think.  Everyone uses logic everyday in everything they do. Contradictory claims can’t both be true – it can’t both be day and night at the same time in the same way. 

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It’s not a surprise to people who take religious claims seriously that their claims of reality are mutually exclusive.  They can’t all be true.  To point that out isn’t even yet to claim which one is true – or that any of them is true – just that they can’t all be true.The poster does add Jesus’ claim that He’s the only way, but that is in the Bible and it’s obviously what Christianity claims – otherwise we wouldn’t be Christians…


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